Introducing Totem Pinot Noir
Clean red fruit aromas, soft juicy blackberries on the palate surrounds finely grained tannins. Silky fruits and lingering dried herbs touches, providing a dry fresh finish.
After harvesting fruit from our own estate vineyard and select local growers, the grapes are destemmed and naturally fermented in open fermenters. After 25 days total maceration, only older french barrels are filled. Prolonged malolactic fermentation in early summer.
A long temperate summer followed a cool spring. Selected vineyard blocks hand harvested over multiple selections for their vibrant, slow ripening qualities. Naturally low yielding clay bound gravels provided compact small clusters with tiny berries. From selected superior Nelson vineyards, the clay-bound gravels impart a fine textural complexity to the wine. Grown using sustainable methods.
Totem is produced by Wingspan Wines in Nelson, west of Marlborough, New Zealand’s sunniest region. The vineyard is situated in Waimea Plains and Moutere Hills where the plains are on free-draining alluvial terraces with stony soils while the rolling hills of Upper Moutere are deep clay gravels left by a retreating glacier which offer an exciting density of fruit. Nelson’s warm days and cool nights are perfect for Pinot Noir production.
The clay-bound gravels imparts a fine textural complexity to the wine. Hand-harvested grapes are destemmed and naturally fermented. After vinification, the wine is aged only in old French barrels for 11 months.
Totem is named for “The Lie of the Land – version II,” the totemic sculpture by Tim Wraight which occupies the small island in the lake at the centre of the vineyard. The pole sculpture relates the immediate landscape of the vineyard to the more distant views of mountains, hills and sea and draws them all together as an emblem of the whole.